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Alimony Solutions: Safeguarding Your Financial Future

Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is a critical aspect of divorce proceedings in Florida. It is designed to ensure that both spouses maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living after the dissolution of their marriage. Alimony is not awarded in every divorce case, but when it is, the court considers various factors in determining the type, amount, and duration of payments.

Florida’s Alimony Reform Bill Becomes Law

Florida law recognizes several types of alimony, each serving different purposes. In June 2023, a Florida reform bill was signed into law, significantly affecting how alimony is determined. Among the provisions of this new law is the controversial elimination of permanent alimony. At Earl Harmon Law, P.A., we closely follow the changes in marital and family laws to gain a competitive edge in the legal arena.

Exploring the Four Types of Alimony:

  • Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: This spousal support method is designed to help lower-income spouses transition from married to single life. It is typically awarded for a short duration and may be at most two years.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is intended to support a lower-earning spouse while they acquire the education, training, or skills necessary to become self-sufficient. It requires a specific plan to reach the goal of financial independence. An award of rehabilitative alimony may be at most five years. However, it may be modified under specific circumstances.
  • Durational Alimony: Durational alimony provides financial support for a set time. Under the new law, there are changes in the definition of short-term, moderate, and long-term marriage. This type of alimony may not exceed 50% of the length of a short-term marriage, 60% of a moderate-term marriage, and 75% of a long-term marriage. Durational alimony may not be awarded for a marriage that lasted less than three years.
  • Temporary Alimony: This type of support can be awarded by a judge to a lower-earning spouse to provide financial stability during a separation until a divorce is finalized.

Post Divorce Modifications

Life is unpredictable. Various factors can demonstrate a significant and material change in circumstances that justifies a modification. Some common reasons to file for a modification of alimony are a significant change in income, financial hardship beyond a spouse’s control, health issues, a supportive relationship or cohabitation of the alimony-receiving spouse, or retirement. Alimony obligations are terminated if the recipient spouse remarries due to the financial support of a new spouse.

Ensuring Alimony Compliance and Enforcement

When the paying spouse fails to make their required alimony payments, several legal mechanisms are in place to enforce them. A sampling of these include filing a motion for contempt of court, obtaining a judgment lien against the paying spouse’s property or personal assets, the suspension of driver’s license or professional licenses, and wage garnishment. When your spouse does not meet their obligations, Earl Harmon Law, P.A., can assess your situation and determine the most appropriate legal actions.

What You Can Expect When Working with Attorney Earl Harmon

As a sole practitioner, Attorney Harmon handles every alimony case from start to finish, fostering a greater sense of trust and partnership with his clients. He provides personalized and focused attention to

each client, communicating directly with you rather than being filtered through support staff or paralegals. You will not need to adapt to different lawyers or staff members handling your case.

A sole practitioner generally has lower overhead costs than larger law firms. As a result, they are more flexible in their fee schedule, making representation more affordable for their clients.

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Do not face your alimony case alone. Take the first step toward securing your financial future with Earl Harmon Law, P.A. We are here to support you from start to finish, ensuring that your rights and interests are protected every step of the way. We offer hourly and flat fee rates and payment plans for legal services under some circumstances. Call Earl Harmon Law, P.A. at (352) 973-9699. We represent clients in Lake, Seminole, Sumter Counties, Ft. Pierce, Florida, and the surrounding areas.

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